FEATHERSTONE Rovers long-serving prop Stuart Dickens is retiring to take the role of under-19s academy coach at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The 32 year-old still has a year left on his contract at the Big Fellas Stadium but a short statement published on Rovers’ website today [Monday] confirmed that Dickens was to be released.
It said: “The club would like to release an interim statement to confirm that first team captain Stuart Dickens will be retiring with immediate effect.”
Rovers chief executive Craig Poskitt said: “The club plan to release more details within the next 24 hours but I can confirm that Stuart will be taking up a coaching opportunity with Wakefield Wildcats.
“We are currently in negotiations to secure a replacement for Stuart and hopefully will be able to announce a joint statement tomorrow [Tuesday].”
Meanwhile, former Eastmoor and Westgate player Dickens said: “I am really happy with it and it came as a massive surprise when Richard [Agar] approached me last week.
“Wakefield is my home town club so I will be honoured to become part of the coaching staff and to try and improve the team on how they finished the season last year.”